Reassembling the Past

Cousinly Review Prompts a Re-view (updated 27 August 2014)Shortly after posting this piece, I received an email from reader and cousin, Linda Bell. My colleague strongly suspected that the face was familiar, not just family-like, as if she had seen the photograph before.  Perhaps, Linda suggested, this face appears in Bates' History of Greene County, Pennsylvania (©1888) … Continue reading Reassembling the Past

The Minor Family Album: Mr. Chin Whiskers

  When I first became curator of the Minor Family Album, I moved swiftly to identify this man, the first face to appear in the album. I was soooo certain of my clues and my analysis. This whiskered gent is the first photograph displayed in a Minor Family album created in the latter part of the 19th … Continue reading The Minor Family Album: Mr. Chin Whiskers

A Well Dressed Woman: (almost) wordless wednesday

One hundred and twenty-four years ago Oliver E. Aultman welcomed a well dressed woman and her family to his newly opened third floor gallery in the West Building, the "finest (photography studio) of its size west of Chicago" according to the local papers. Trinidad, Colorado was a booming town in 1890, supporting the surrounding mining … Continue reading A Well Dressed Woman: (almost) wordless wednesday